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Lucy Garvin, Franklin Johnson elected to ITF board of directors

July 21, 2009 09:43 AM
Lucy S. Garvin
Read an excellent article
about Garvin in her hometown
magazine -- G: The Magazine
of Greenville.
USTA Chairman of the Board and President Lucy S. Garvin, of Greenville, S.C., was elected to the ITF Board of Directors for the 2009 to 2011 term.

Six of the existing members were re-elected: Juan Margets (ESP), Ismail El Shafei (EGY), Franklin Johnson (USA), Anil Khanna (IND), Geoff Pollard (AUS), and Georg Von Waldenfels (GER). They were joined by six new members: Jacques Dupre (FRA), Lucy Garvin (USA), Jack Graham (CAN), Chris Kypriotis (BRA), Roman Murashovsky (RUS) and Stuart Smith (GBR). David Jude (GBR) was also confirmed as ITF Honorary Treasurer.

More than 300 delegates, partners and staff from 96 nations attended the 2009 ITF Annual General Meeting held over the last two-and-a-half days in Madrid, and hosted by the Spanish Tennis Federarion (RFET).

The meeting also approved important changes to Davis Cup and Fed Cup regulations,approved an increase in shares for six nations, while three nations were approved for transfer to Class B membership and three admitted as Class C members. The ITF also bestowed 12 awards for Services to the Game to people who have made outstanding contributions to the game.

Spanish Minister of Sport Jaime Lissavetzky opened the formal AGM then ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti welcomed all the delegates to Madrid and thanked them for their participation. Following the formal acceptance of the minutes of last year’s AGM in Moscow, Ricci Bitti updated the assembly on the activities of the ITF in the President’s Annual Review of the Year.

The AGM voted a change to its Constitution to increase ITF Board of Directors from 12 to 13 members (in addition to the President) from the 2011 Annual General Meeting.

Two important changes to Davis Cup regulations, approved by the AGM, were an amendment to the requirements to host a Davis Cup Final that narrows the choice by the host nation to major cities as well as the reconfiguration of the Europe/Africa Zone below Group II into Europe Group III and Africa Group III.

Argentina and China, P. R received an increase in shares from seven to nine, while Israel, Serbia and Uzbekistan received an increase from three to five and Kazakhstan from one to three. The AGM also approved the transfer of three nations – Albania, Kenya and Zambia – from Class C membership to Class B membership and the admittance of Chad as a Class C member, as well as the transfer from Class B to Class C of Antigua & Barbuda and Mongolia.

Twelve people were honoured for Awards for Services to the Game: John Alexander (AUS), Anna Dmitrieva (RUS), Anne-Lise Frank (USA), Rustam Inoyatov (UZB), Eiichi Kawatei (JPN), Azmi Kumova (TUR), David Lambert (BER), Lorne Main (CAN), Tzipi Obziler (ISR), Akhtar Toorawa (MRI), Frank van Fraayenhoven (NED) and Charlotte Ferrari (FRA).

In addition, Julia Levering (USA) was made an ITF Honorary Life Counsellor, the first woman so honoured.

The AGM was notified that the venue for the 2010 Annual General Meeting will be Washington, DC on Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 August 2009. Four nations expressed an interest in hosting the 2011 AGM: Brazil, India, South Africa, and Thailand, joining Malta and Switzerland, who had previously expressed an interest. Copenhagen was reconfirmed as the venue for the 2012 ITF Annual General Meeting while the UAE expressed an interest in hosting the 2013 ITF Annual General Meeting.

The President closed the meeting, thanking the ITF Board of Directors, the delegates and the ITF staff for their hard work and commitment.

Ahead of the formal AGM, important Key Issues Sessions and the annual gatherings of the ITF Regional Associations took place on Thursday. A highlight of the Key Issues Session was an address by Antoine Sire, Head of Communications, Brand and Quality, BNP Paribas, about sponsorship requirements.

The ITF President welcomed the delegates on Wednesday evening, thanking Jose Luis Escanuela, the President of the Spanish Tennis Federation, and his team for their outstanding efforts on behalf of this AGM. The reception was held at the Estadio Bernabeu, the home of Real Madrid.

As is the tradition at the AGM, the LTA hosted a luncheon that on Thursday, and as Fed Cup champion, the Russian Tennis Federation hosted a luncheon on Friday, both of which were well received by all the delegates.

On Thursday night, delegates were guests of the Spanish Tennis Federation for a dinner at the beautiful Cecilio Rodriguez Gardens in the Retiro Park, and Friday’s gala dinner, hosted jointly by the Spanish Tennis Federation, as Davis Cup champion, and the ITF takes place at Puerta de Sol, the headquarters of the Communidad de Madrid.
 

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